first_imgAn Indian American doctor couple based in Ohio has been indicted on charges of committing healthcare fraud by performing unnecessary medical tests and procedures on patients to get payouts from insurance companies, PTI reported.Dr Ashis K Rakhit, 65, and his wife 56-year-old Jayati Gupta Rakhit specialize in cardiovascular disease and internal medicine. They run a practice in Cleveland, Ohio. Ashis Rakhit was granted a medical license in 1990, while his wife was granted her license the following year.As per the indictment, the couple ordered and performed unnecessary medical tests between 2011 and 2018, including unnecessary nuclear stress tests, cardiac catheterizations, bone density scans, echocardiograms, EKGs, carotid artery scans, venous ultrasounds of the legs and abdominal ultrasounds.They also recorded false symptoms in patient records to justify medically unnecessary tests on patients, including shortness of breath, palpitations, hypertension and abnormalities in breathing, the indictment added.They also billed Medicare, Medicaid and private insurers with inflated codes to reflect a service more costly than that which was actually performed. They intentionally distributed and dispensed controlled substances outside the usual course of medical practice, the prosecutors told the court.According to the indictment, Ashis Rakhit is charged with distributing Percocet and Xanax last year, while Jayati Rakhit is charged with distributing Tramadol. “This couple violated the trust of their patients, the taxpayers and the community,” attorney Justin E Herdman said.“They performed unnecessary medical tests and billed for services they didn’t actually provide in exchange for prescription medications – all of this at a time when our region is inundated in opioid deaths and addiction,” he said.“Not only did these physicians put their patients through unnecessary medical procedures so they could line their pockets with extra income, they also prescribed controlled narcotics that were not medically required,” FBI special agent in charge Stephen D Anthony said.Their arrests come after an FBI investigation was conducted with help from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Ohio Attorney General’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Prosecutors say the investigation continues, Cleveland.com reported.A grand jury indicted the couple on Jan. 17. U.S. District Judge Dan Polster freed them following their arraignments on Jan. 24. However, they were required to surrender their passports and put up their house with $1.5 million in equity. Their licenses to prescribe medicine and perform invasive procedures have been suspended while trial is awaited. Related ItemsIndian AmericanOhioUnited Stateslast_img read more

first_imgOn November 7, when MPs, MLAs and functionaries of the Trinamool Congress were summoned to the party headquarters in Kolkata, they thought they would be attending a routine meeting chaired by their leader Mamata Banerjee, the West Bengal Chief Minister.Only on reaching the venue did they realise that Prashant Kishor, the high-profile strategist hired by the party to boost its prospects in the 2021 Assembly elections, was waiting to hand them their report cards and pull up those who had been found wanting.Two meetings were held on that day. The first, of party leaders belonging to the Scheduled Castes (SC) and Schedules Tribes (ST), lasted about two hours and was anchored solely by Mr. Kishor, with Ms. Banerjee choosing to be a spectator. The 294-seat West Bengal Assembly has 68 seats reserved for SCs and 16 for STs, and the party had fared poorly in these regions in this year Lok Sabha election. The second meeting, of the party’s elected representatives and office-bearers, lasted nearly 90 minutes and was chaired by Ms. Banerjee, with Mr. Kishor by her side.‘Taken by surprise’“The MLAs were taken aback that Prashant Kishor knew exactly what they had been up to. He pulled up those who were taking the directives of the Chief Minister — such as spending nights in villages — lightly. He also scolded those who were engaged in self-propaganda rather than promoting Ms. Banerjee and her welfare schemes,” a source who was present at both the meetings said.“This was probably the first time an outsider addressed what was meant to be a party meeting. [Mr. Kishor’s] team seemed to have done their homework meticulously because he had precise information about the activities of the MLAs,” the source said, adding that two Ministers hailing from north Bengal were particularly picked out for admonishment.Mr. Kishor, according to the source, asked the MLAs to give a big push to the ‘Didi Ke Bolo (Reach out to Didi)’ initiative, which he felt was losing steam because of the lack of required interest shown by them. He asked them to popularise her schemes so that people could distinguish between the State and Central schemes. The MLAs, the source said, were asked to identify people who otherwise worked for the Trinamool Congress but voted for the BJP during elections.Ms. Banerjee, who has been worried ever since the BJP staged an impressive performance in the State in the 2019 elections, also asked the MLAs to pull up their socks and warned some of them that she was giving them one last chance, the source said. She asked them — according to the source — to avoid attacks on individual BJP leaders and focus on campaigning against the BJP government’s policies, such as the proposal for a National Register of Citizens in West Bengal.last_img read more

first_imgMan sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago The undefeated former welterweight king, who is coming out of retirement to fight McGregor in Las Vegas, said he had spotted rabbit punches in footage of McGregor’s sparring session with Paulie Malignaggi.McGregor, who has never fought in a professional boxing contest, appears to floor Malignaggi in the footage.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMayweather, 40, was unimpressed.“I had a chance to see it and my thought were, it was interesting,” Mayweather said of McGregor’s Malignaggi knockdown. “A lot of rabbit punching, a lot of illegal shots, behind the head,” he added.READ: McGregor vows fast finish against MayweatherMcGregor has hired veteran referee Joe Cortez during his training camp to help advise on boxing rules and ensure he fights clean.“He’s had Joe Cortez in his training camp and I’ve still seen him being extremely dirty,” Mayweather said.Veteran referee Robert Byrd will be responsible for managing the fight and Mayweather is confident he will maintain control of the contest. Byrd officiated in Mayweather’s 2013 win over Robert Guerrero in Las Vegas.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement PLAY LIST 00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor. AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTOLOS ANGELES—Floyd Mayweather has accused Conor McGregor of “fighting dirty” in training but is confident of a clean battle when the two men meet in their August 26 superfight.Mayweather told reporters on a conference call on Thursday he believed mixed martial arts star McGregor had used illegal tactics in sparring sessions.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I truly believe the referee is going to do a great job,” Mayweather said.“The referee’s job is to keep the fight clean. He don’t have anything to worry about. I’m looking forward to following the Queensberry rules of boxing,” he added.Mayweather retired from boxing in 2015 with a perfect 49-0 record to emulate former heavyweight legend Rocky Marciano. A win against McGregor would see the welterweight become the only man to ever hold a perfect 50-0 record.Mayweather insisted however that moving clear of Marciano’s historic benchmark was not on his mind.“Even though this is my 50th fight, this is not my focus,” Mayweather said. “Rocky Marciano is a legend, he did it his way. I just like to do it the Mayweather way.”Win or lose, Mayweather is adamant that nothing will be able to tempt him back into the ring following his return against McGregor. He reiterated an earlier statement that this month’s fight will be his last.BACKSTORY: Mayweather ‘out of retirement for McGregor’“This is my last one. I gave my word to (adviser) Al Haymon, I gave my word to my children, I don’t want to break that,” Mayweather said.“I’m going to stick to my word — this is going to be my last fight.” Read Next Korea ousts Gilas Pilipinas Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

first_imgLOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Huelgas and Chicano have been competing and training in Johore Bahru since June 29 and getting acclimatised should not be a big problem to them.Carrasco said the pair competed in Palembang, Indonesia and finished five minutes ahead of the Indonesians.Adorna and Mangrobang have been training in Portugal and competing around Europe, according to Carrasco.ADVERTISEMENT Last SEA Games’ champions Nikko Huelgas and Ma. Claire Adorna will once again suit up along with John Leerams Chicano and Marion Kim Mangrobang, who won silver in 2015.“We are the favorites, everything is looking good, but I told the players, let’s not put our guards down,” said Carrasco after a lunch meeting with his team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutField reports said the waters of Putrajaya is 31 degrees, which is hotter than usual.“We need to get used to it, so they had a swimming work out today (Saturday),” Carrasco added. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Alcantara eyes revenge, men’s doubles gold vs Thai twins PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Nikko Huelgas.KUALA LUMPUR — Let’s not get over confident.That’s the stern reminder of triathlon top boss Tom Carrasco to the four Filipino triathletes who will try to retain the country’s double golds Monday in Putrajaya.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Read Next Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chieflast_img read more

first_imgAmitabh Bachchan fans who were bored to see him as an old man with a dull dressing style since the past few years have a reason to rejoice. In his forthcoming film Bbuddah Hoga Terra Baap , one would see Big B in a jazzy avatar.We hear that Bachchan senior has tried to give a personal touch to his extravagant appearance on screen.He will be seen in scarves, jazzy shirts, designer denims, branded glares and he would be sporting two watches.This, we hear was a suggestion by Bachchan himself.”We had decided a flashy look for Amitabh. When the unit was working on his outfits and other accessories, he came with his idea that he would sport two watches,” a source from the unit said.Not many know that AB is very fond of wrist watches and is sometimes spotted wearing two at a time! So when he turned up wearing two watches on the first day of the movie’s shoot, he left everyone amused by this unique style.Director Puri Jagannadh instantly agreed that in the entire film, he would have his character sport two watches on the wrist, considering his role is that of a flamboyantly stylish old man.Needless to say, Big B was more than happy to mix some of his own personal style with his on screen one.The superstar would surely be liked by his fans for carrying such a quirky style with elan.last_img read more

first_imgIn a country with the world’s largest youth population and a passionate following for the English Premier League, every young footballer wants to get a feel of how the game is played at that level.But for someone coming from a country languishing at the bottom half of the world rankings, it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to train under the best in the business.Dilsher Singh Sandhu is the lucky footballer getting a fully paid scholarship to train at the Brooke House Football Academy for a year after excelling in the trials organised by Sport Espirit Academy in the Capital at the Thyagaraj Stadium.The 16-year-old, who idolises Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas, was delighted after winning the prize.”It’s unbelievable. I’m on top of the world after bagging this prize and also glad that my hard work has paid off. This is a great opportunity for me and I will try to imbibe the training methods so that I can become a better footballer,” Dilsher said.Dilsher is a student of Air Force Bal Bharati School and is also a midfielder like his idol Fabregas.The trials, which began on June 16, saw around 3,000 footballers participating and 17 were selected for the final round.The participants were put through their paces and tested by coaches in various aspects of the game such as dribbling, first touch and ball control.”We want to encourage young and talented football players and transform their dreams into reality. We are looking forward to visit India every year and select one child for this scholarship,” said Anish Khinda, head of international football development of Sport Esprit Academy.advertisementsoumalya. santikari@mailtoday.inlast_img read more

first_imgApple is unveiling its latest iPhone on Wednesday, but its older phones will get a software upgrade as well. A new operating system sports a different mapping service and a built-in bond with Facebook.Apple has said that its iOS 6 software will sport more than 200 new features, though some won’t be available on all devices. It will be a free upgrade for iPhones released since 2009, as well as last year’s and this year’s iPad models. It will also work with newer iPod Touch devices.With the launch of new iPhone, Apple is expected to provide details as to when the software update will be available for older phones.Here are some highlights of iOS 6:Apple’s mobile devices will have a mapping program, built in-house.New Maps application In the past, Apple has given prominent billing to Google Inc.’s mapping app. But the two companies have increasingly become rivals as people buy more devices running Google’s Android operating system. Google also has been keeping some features, including turn-by-turn directions spoken aloud, exclusive to Android.Apple’s new Maps application will have a voice navigation feature. It will have real-time traffic data and offer alternative routes as traffic conditions change. It will also include “flyover” three-dimensional images taken by helicopters hired by the company to fly over major cities. Google has been dispatching its own planes to produce similar 3D images.Apple’s map program will be integrated with its Siri virtual assistant so that you can ask for directions and pose other questions.FacebookThe new software promises better integration with Facebook. The upgrade will enable you to log into Facebook just once, and then you will be able to post to the social network from a variety of apps. You can also post about websites directly from Apple’s Safari browser.Facebook will be integrated with Apple’s online app store so that you can declare that you “like” specific apps there, as well as songs and movies in iTunes. Events in Facebook’s calendar and birthdays of Facebook friends will also appear on your phone’s calendar.Enhancements to SiriIOS 6 will have enhancements to Siri, which interprets voice commands and talks back to the user. It is also coming to the iPad for the first time. Siri, introduced last October with the iPhone 4S, is supposed to get better at fielding questions about movies, restaurants and other things.Apple says it is partnering with Yelp Inc. so that Siri can include ratings and prices of restaurants when you ask her about places to eat. The company is also partnering with OpenTable Inc. to make reservations. Siri will now be available in more languages and more countries.Apple also says it’s working with car manufacturers to let you use a button on the steering wheel to talk to Siri, allowing you to keep your hands on the road. Apple says General Motors Co., BMW AG and Daimler AG’s Mercedes are among the automakers that have promised to offer Siri integration in the next 12 months.CallsApple’s new software will give you more options for preventing messages and text notifications from disturbing you at night.You can control how and when you get back to people. If you can’t call someone back right away, you can set a reminder to call that person back later or have a text message sent directly to the caller.There’s a “call when you leave” feature that reminds you to call back when you are leaving a building or office. The phone can detect when you are leaving.New Passbook feature Apple’s new Passbook feature will be a central place to keep your boarding passes, tickets and gift cards.When you get to a Starbucks, for instance, the device will bring up your gift card if you have one and if you have the location feature turned on. Likewise, when you get to a movie theater or baseball stadium, the ticket will pop up. Passbook will also alert you to gate changes and flight delays once you have a boarding pass stored.Passbook could be the foundation for a new digital commerce hub for Apple, especially if the iPhone 5 includes a “near-field communication” chip that enables payment information to be transferred by tapping a device on a terminal at a checkout stand. A few Android phones use this technology to process payments with a feature known as Google Wallet.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte The KaTropa employed lineups that featured just one legitimate big with three wingmen and one point guard surrounding him—a gamble considering the Gin Kings have 7-foot Greg Slaughter and 6-foot-9 Japeth Aguilar.“If you can see we are effective with a small lineup because the ball was moving and we were getting open shots to Don (Trollano), Mike (Miranda), and our small guys,” said Castro in Filipino Sunday at Philippine Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“The only thing was the shots weren’t falling, but those were the shots we want.”Despite having a smaller lineup, the KaTropa were able to have a 50-50 rebounding matchup with the Gin Kings and even had more offensive boards, 21-12. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PBA IMAGESBULACAN, Philippines—TNT may have absorbed a disappointing 90-79 season-opening loss to Barangay Ginebra in the PBA Philippine Cup, but Jayson Castro sees positive things for his team.Castro said they’ve got the system that’s perfectly suited for the players and it was just a matter of knocking down shots.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch PLAY LIST 01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch00:50Trending Articles01:02Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completioncenter_img TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening MOST READ LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Jasmine Alkhaldi raring for SEA Games gold at home TNT’s main problem in the game, however, was its stroke from the three-point area wherein it converted just nine of its 41 attempts for a 22 percent shooting clip.“We’re more confident with those kinds of plays and we don’t have big guys so that’s our advantage,” said Castro. “We will live and die by the three.”Castro was one of team’s top performers with 17 points, 10 assists, and two steals.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

first_imgFor the last one week, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is facing a situation that he has not encountered in the last one year. As many as 12 incidents of rape, sexual molestation and stripping of women reported from in and around Bengaluru in the last 15 days has suddenly given the state an image of lawlessness. Unfortunately, neither Siddaramaiah nor Home Minister K J George seem to be showing the kind of urgency that is expected of them in tackling the situation.Bengaluru has never seen this kind of public outrage, on matters relating to women’s safety. On Friday and Saturday, thousands of people have poured on to the streets to seek action against the perpetrators of such crimes, particularly the alleged rape of a sixyear-old girl in a well-known school and the sexual molestation of a girl in a moving car by a gang of six miscreants. Both incidents came to the fore only after the media extensively highlighted them.In fact, there is a general impression among the public that the police, under the Congress regime, are being insensitive to issues relating to crime.Despite the so-called reforms and people-friendly policing measures, people here continue to view the law enforcement agencies with suspicion because of their personal experiences. There are plenty of instances to show how the police arm-twist cases or work under political influence to keep their masters happy.A girl, who was sexually molested for more than an hour in a moving car, is instructed by the jurisdictional police inspector to delete the words “kidnap” and “rape” from her complaint copy. It was subsequently found that the prime accused was the son of a local influential politician. Was the police trying to protect the culprit? Further investigations revealed that the prime accused was short of getting rowdysheeted for his activities in the locality. Similarly, parents of the six-year-old rape victim had to seek the support of parents of other children to mount pressure on the police to conduct a probe into the alleged rape.advertisementEvery time there is an incident, it is the citizens who have had to go out of the way to register their protest and convince the police to take effective action. But why is there such a situation? Why aren’t the police probing cases with the same seriousness in the first instance? There is a feeling among the public that a case may not progress unless pressure is mounted on the police, either through politicians or senior IAS officers or civil society. The politician-police nexus is an open secret in Karnataka and even politicians have acknowledged the same.As the spate of crimes against women rocked the ongoing Karnataka legislature proceedings, the Karnataka Assembly Speaker Kagodu Thimmappa has directed the state government to transfer police officers who have completed a three-year term in each police station.But so far there has been no action by the state government to implement the Speaker’s directive. What is surprising is the attitude of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and his team of Cabinet colleagues towards the issue.The Congress seems to have forgotten the fact that the people of Karnataka, who were fed up with the previous government’s administration, gave a thumping majority to Siddaramaiah. But whenever the BJP leaders question the Congress on tackling crime in the city, the Congress Chief Minister only points to the lapses of the previous government.Does it mean that the Congress is trying to prove that it is no different from the BJP? Or is it conveying that it cannot deliver better governance? But that is not what the people expect from the government. People cannot throng the streets every time there is a rape or sexual molestation case to exert pressure on the establishment.While the IPS officers are trying their best to maintain a harmonious relationship between the police and the public, the attitude of lower rung officers and constabulary needs a sea change. At the ground level, corruption continues to rule the police stations while a severe shortage of staff has affected policing.The Siddaramaiah government has four more years in power. But unless the Congress government addresses sensitive issues like these seriously, the impression that it is no different from any other political party will not change.Bengaluru remains a civic messThough it has been one year since the Congress came to power in Bengaluru, the IT capital continues to suffer as there seems to be no longterm vision on infrastructure for the city. While the government has been proclaiming achievements, ironically none of the projects is new but rather those announced by the previous government.advertisementThe peak hour traffic in the city is agonisingly slow at eight kilometres per hour. Though the roads have been widened, the absence of adequate number of underpasses and overpasses, unscientific one-way systems, and the acute lack of parking space, have made the Central Business Districts (CBDs) impenetrable during peak business hours. In fact, it has become routine for people to commute in taxis and auto rickshaws to CBDs for meetings than risking driving on their own here!While the state government is pointing fingers at the BJPruled Greater Bangalore City Corporation for the inadequate infrastructure, the civic agency, in turn, expresses its helplessness because of lack of funds to execute projects on a priority basis.On one side, as many as 1,250 new vehicles – both cars and two-wheelers – are registered every day in Bengaluru. On the other, not a single multistoreyed parking complex has been commissioned by the state government in the past decade, even though government agencies, such as City Corporation and Bangalore Development Authority, possess land banks within the city. The lack of accountability as well as short-term goals will only make Bengaluru’s traffic conditions worse.KPL to find best Karnataka cricketersThe Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) seems to have rediscovered its spark with the state team winning the Ranji Trophy, Irani Trophy and the Vijay Hazare Trophy this year. Several players from Karnataka are representing the Indian team in different formats of the sport. Buoyed by this, the KSCA has revived the Karnataka Premier League, a T20 format of cricket modelled on the lines of IPL.The KPL, which was started in 2010 by the late Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar, scion of the Mysore family, was abandoned after two editions. Now, as a tribute to Wadiyar, the KSCA has organised the third edition of KPL, which will start from August 23. Interestingly, several interior cities and local industrialists of Karnataka, have shown tremendous interest in the sport. Consequently, cricketers with national and international calibre are emerging from smaller towns of Karnataka to represent the state and the country in the game.As many as 10 teams are participating in KPL 2014 with matches being staged in Bengaluru, Mysore and Hubli. Former cricketers are managing the teams representing different cities of the KPL and it will be interesting to see how many new cricketers will emerge on the scene. Earlier, there was a notion that Karnataka cricket was restricted to players from Bengaluru due to access to the best coaches and practice grounds. But looking at the performers in this year’s Ranji team, that notion could well be forgotten. Let’s see if KPL can bring to the fore more talented cricketers from the hinterland. The writer is assistant editorlast_img read more

first_imgHow an item is utilized depends on the materials from which it’s made, a term called ‘build quality’. Apple Watch is intended to be worn from morning to night, so it is to be expected that it will be of sturdy build quality. Apple did not disappoint, and used 316L stainless steel, which is 40 per cent harder.Sapphire is the hardest transparent material on earth after the diamonds that apparently lasts forever (at least according to De Beers). That makes it perfect for ensuring that Apple Retina shows colors and pixels at their best resolutions.With outlines produced using fine top-grain calfskins, strong superior fluoroelastomer, and uniquely built stainless steel, the Apple Watch product line offers the pleasantly large cluster of band materials and clasp styles. Here we take a closer look at the styles that will adorn many a wrists in 2015.There are 2 sizes, purportedly for men and women (38 mm and 42 mm), but all straps do not come in both sizes.Link BraceletMade from the same 316L stainless steel compound as the case, the Link Bracelet has more than a hundred parts. The machining procedure is so exact, Apple says almost nine hours go into cutting the pieces for a solitary band. Partially, that long time is on account of the inconspicuous widening of the individual links as they approach the case. Once machined for joining, the connections are brushed by hand to guarantee that the composition takes after the forms of the outline. The custom butterfly clasp overlays perfectly inside the wrist band. In a stunning realization individuality of the user, Apple has designed a basic discharge catch into a few smaller links, so Apple Watch users can include and evacuate pieces from the bracelet without any watchmaking or metal crafting tools. As is usual with the steel of Apple, the links will come in stainless steel and space black stainless steel.advertisementMilanese LoopIn light of a piece of novelty art created in Milan at the end of the nineteenth century, the adaptable metal lattice design of the Milanese Loop wraps smoothly around your wrist for a comfortable fit. Accomplishing the wanted look obliged attractive stainless steel. Since off-the-rack materials didn’t offer the important immaculateness or erosion safety, Apple claims that it made it’s own metal-carbon alloy, and came up with a special heat treatment that makes it more tough. The lattice is woven on made-to-specification Italian machines, and each end piece is exclusively laser-welded to guarantee smooth edges.Modern BuckleA little French tannery started in 1803 produces the supple Granada cowhide for this rich-feel band. The smooth top-grain calfskin is delicately processed and tumbled to achieve a refined composition. What resembles a strong clasp is really a two-piece attractive culmination mechanism, that is delightfully easy to secure. Apple has included an internal layer of material for quality and skin safety. Trivia: it’s the same material NASA used to make the parachute strings for the Mars Rover! This band is accessible in pink, brown, and midnight blue.Leather LoopThe Venezia leather for this band is of the highest quality, sourced from Naples, Italy. With an artisan legacy renowned since the European era of flair, the tannery has a history of association with probably the most prestigious names in style. A sensitive processing and tumbling methodology yields a lovely pebbled composition. This customary craftsmanship is joined with an inventive methodology to bring the plan to fruition. Magnets disguised inside the delicate, stitched cowhide permit you to just wrap it around your wrist for an exact fit and a trimmed look. For variety, this accessory is made in stone, light brown, and bright blue.Classic BuckleFrom the eminent ECCO tannery in the Netherlands, the Dutch cowhide utilized for this band has a different, almost embellished grain, with an unobtrusive composition. The basic component is created from the same stainless steel as the case. It’s a lovely take on the conventional leather bands. Accessible in dark black.Sport BandSince it is produced using an elite, custom-invented fluoroelastomer, the Sport Band is sturdy and solid. Yet shockingly light and delicate. The material is more adaptable than the elastic usually utilized as a part of watch straps, so it has a pleasant feel and hangs easily over your wrist, almost floating. To attain a purer white and a deeper dark black, we figured out how to include the shade at the start of the assembling methodology. A creative clasp-and-tuck buckling action guarantees a clean fit. These bands are accessible toughness-wise, and come in white and dark black.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgBloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants It’s March Madness all over James Yap, also of Rain or Shine, shoots to retain his Three-Point Shootout title against some of the league’s finest marksmen led by Marcio Lassiter (San Miguel), Pogoy (TnT Katropa), Wright (Phoenix) and Mike DiGregorio (Blackwater).Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Google Philippines names new country director The core of the past Gilas Pilipinas Cadets program tests the mettle of today’s PBA young guns to make for an intriguing storyline in this week’s PBA All-Star festivity.The Juniors team led by Mac Belo and Roger Pogoy goes up against the combined Rookies/Sophomores selection of CJ Perez and Jason Perkins in the main appetizer of this year’s All-Star game in Calasiao, Pangasinan.ADVERTISEMENT Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon eventcenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The match is set at 7 p.m. on Friday at Calasiao Sports Complex following the Skills Challenge side events that feature the Obstacle Race, Three-Point Shootout, and Slam Dunk contest.Belo and Pogoy led the Cadets training pool that made up the highly talented 2016 batch of the PBA Draft.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsJoining them in the Juniors squad are Matthew Wright, Jio Jalalon, Carl Bryan Cruz, Kevin Ferrer, Russel Escoto, Ed Daquioag, Mike Tolomia, Von Pessumal, Rashawn McCarthy and Ael Banal.Only McCarthy and Banal were not part of the Gilas Cadets program. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Meanwhile, with Perkins and Perez in the Rookies/Sophomores are Jeron Teng, Raymar Jose, Rey Nambatac, Robbie Herndon, Mark Tallo, Robert Bolick, Abu Tratter, Paul Desiderio, Trevis Jackson, and Javee Mocon.Phoenix lead deputy Topex Robinson will call the shots for the Juniors, while the coaching staff of Rain or Shine handles the Rookies/Sophomores unit.Shortly before the game, the Obstacle Race kicks off the All-Star side event, with Rain or Shine’s Beau Belga gunning for back-to-back titles.Out to stop Belga are June Mar Fajardo (San Miguel), Moala Tautuaa (NorthPort), Kyle Pascual (Magnolia), Jose (Blackwater), Noy Baclao (Alaska), Marion Magat (NLEX), Prince Caperal (Barangay Ginebra), Bryan Faundo (Meralco), Yousef Taha (TnT Katropa), Escoto (Columbian Dyip) and Justin Chua (Phoenix).The Obstacle Challenge was reserved for small men in the past, with the league thinking of a way to make it interesting by letting the frontliners compete.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

first_imgDuterte wants probe of SEA Games mess “Everything happens for a reason, and this stop happened for me,” says the 20-year-old Pennisi. “I will be diving for my family and my biggest supporter, my mum.”Pennisi, raised in Brisbane, Queensland, made her official Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series debut last year as a Wild card entry at the sixth stop in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and she is looking build on the success of her rookie year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“For me, this year is still about learning the sport of cliff diving,” says Pennisi. “I have only been cliff diving for less than a year, so I am focusing on doing consistent dives and getting high scores. I don’t have the biggest dives yet, but I am working on them. My goal is to place in the top 5 at all the competitions.”She is training six times a week to strengthen her core and leg for the season kick-off while mastering the execution of dives and somersaults. View comments Xantheia Pennisi performs at the Red Bull Cliff Diving Workshop in Manila last April 4. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—Filipino-Australian cliff diver, Xantheia Pennisi is making her long-awaited homecoming for the upcoming Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series this April in El Nido, Palawan.Pennisi, whose mother is from Tarlac, is honored to be the first diver of Filipino descent to compete in the Cliff Diving World Series, which is making its only stop in Asia in the country.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES ‘Refocused, more confident’ Joshua Pacio to show up in ONE strawweight title rematch “Once you have your fundamental diving skills, being consistent and confident with those dives on the lower boards will make a huge difference with the high dives,” said Pennisi.Xantheia Pennisi represents the Philippines and Australia in the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOIn her first trip to the Philippines in seven years, Pennisi is also excited to immerse in the Filipino culture and food and reunite with family.“I love the exotic fruit, especially green mango – they are my favorite!” said Pennisi. “I love the local markets and street food. The warm weather and all the incredible beaches are a great bonus, but seeing my family is my favorite part of the Philippines.”“I feel very special to be representing Australia and the Philippines. I know my family is supporting me, and I want to make them proud.” Celest Flores-ColinaADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power gridlast_img read more

first_imgLATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Charles Tiu will call the shots yet again and he is currently burning the lines for additional imports as the team will be slugging it out with the national teams of South Korea, Japan and Chinese Taipei, all gearing up for the World Cup in China starting Aug. 31.“If it’s for national cause, we’re always ready to help,” Mighty Sports owner Alex Wongchuking said. “While this year’s tournament will be [against a] stronger [field], we are confident we can provide great entertainment for the thousands of Filipino workers there.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsA Gilas side won the 2012 edition where LA Tenorio also won the Most Valuable Player award. That team was coached by Chot Reyes.Former PBA star Joseph Yeo will be in the team together with Aaron Black, the ex-Eagle with Ateneo in the UAAP. Other imports who have signed up are Hamady N’Diaye of Senegal and Dewarick Spencer. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View comments Sports Briefs: May 23, 2019 Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss An Al Thornton-led Mighty Sports five will represent the Philippines in the Jones Cup in Taipei this July, with the club answering the call after Gilas Pilipinas begged off because of conflict with the PBA schedule.The champion there in 2016, Mighty Sports will be shooting to win the event for the sixth time for the country, which first triumphed with a Ron Jacobs-coached Northern Cement crew in the 1980s.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Jeron Teng stars as Alaska keeps NLEX winless for 2nd win Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss NorthPort managed to limit Terrence Jones to just 17 points after the KaTropa’s big man went on a tear in his first two games averaging 42 points a game.As a team, the KaTropa shot the ball at a 39.5 percent clip, 32-of-81, while NorthPort sizzled from the field at 53.8 percent shooting or 42-of-78.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pringle, the 2018 scoring champion after averaging 21 points per game, missed the Batang Pier’s first two games of the conference but NorthPort were still able to chalk up the wins against NLEX and Alaska.The Batang Pier also broke away from the trap of failing to win three straight games at the start of the conference.NorthPort had also bagged back to back to start of the Philippine Cup only to lose six games straight en route to a 5-6 record before losing to Rain or Shine in the first round of the playoffs.Pringle said that they were conscious of that early conference slump and they were adamant that it won’t happen again.“We won the first two and lost six straight, let’s not do it again,” said Pringle. “Coach Pido [Jarencio] just wanted us to play possession by possession, just make the smart plays and execute. I think we did that.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIEScenter_img MOST READ ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue MANILA, Philippines—Stanley Pringle wasn’t going to let any nagging pain stop him from putting up the numbers that made him one of the most lethal scorers in the PBA.ADVERTISEMENT Playing in his first game back from surgery, Pringle lit up for 22 points to lead NorthPort in a commanding 110-86 victory over TNT in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.Pringle had bone spurs removed from his right foot and was still feeling the lingering effects of the procedure, but it didn’t show in his performance.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Special shoutout to the medical staff for helping me recover fast,” said Pringle after the Batang Pier nabbed their third straight win. “I’m still not all the way to 100 percent, I’m still working on my endurance.”“I’m glad I was hitting my threes because I couldn’t get much explosion off my right foot,” added Pringle who went 5-of-8 from beyond the arc. “It’s coming back, maybe two more games I can maybe play the whole game. I’m just waiting, trying to be patient.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

first_imgFederer’s chances were slipping away quickly, and he received a warning after angrily hitting the ball into the upper reaches of Philippe Chatrier as Nadal romped to victory.Thiem, Djokovic held up by rainThiem would have been the happier of the two to resume playing on Friday, leading by a break in the third set after sharing the opening two with Djokovic.The pair will instead restart their match at 1000 GMT (12:00 local time) on Saturday, before the women’s final between Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova and Australian eighth seed Ashleigh Barty.The skies brightened almost immediately after play was ended for the day at 1645 GMT (18:45 local), and at least another two hours of play could have been accommodated.“I believe that we have hit rock bottom but the good thing is that the only way now is up,” said former women’s world number one Amelie Mauresmo.Top seed Djokovic had been increasingly frustrated with the conditions on court with high winds kicking up the clay.He even summoned the tour supervisor at one stage to complain about the severity of the conditions.Tournament organisers said that fans holding tickets for the semi-final will be fully refunded as they will not be valid for Saturday. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess The third seed now has an stunning 92-2 win-loss record on the Paris clay, having beaten Federer for the sixth time in as many French Open meetings despite difficult, windy conditions.“This court can be windy, can be difficult,” added Nadal. “Today was a little bit too much.”Nadal also leads his overall head-to-head against Federer 24-15, and 14-2 on clay after ending a run of five straights losses to the 37-year-old.He could also move to within two of Federer on the all-time Grand Slam title winners’ list with an 18th major on Sunday.A tally of just nine games meant it was Federer’s heaviest defeat in a Grand Slam match since managing only four against Nadal in their famously one-sided 2008 Roland Garros final.ADVERTISEMENT Nadal made only 19 unforced errors, crushing 33 winners as Federer struck 25, although that amount could easily have been doubled against any opponent other than the 11-time champion.The defeat leaves Federer still waiting for a first victory over Nadal on clay since 10 years ago in Madrid.It was 2009 champion Federer’s first French Open campaign since 2015, after skipping the clay-court season for two years in order to be better prepared for Wimbledon.“I think I surprised myself maybe how deep I got in this tournament and how well I actually was able to play throughout,” he said.Topsy-turvy startA topsy-turvy start saw the Spaniard race through the first three games before Federer broke back as the wind played havoc with the players’ serves from one end.But Nadal grabbed a 4-2 advantage in a marathon sixth game as Federer, looking to become the oldest Grand Slam finalist since Ken Rosewall at the 1974 US Open, dumped a forehand into the net.The crowd were roaring on Federer as he saved a set point, but gasped in appreciation of a rasping Nadal backhand winner which clinched the opening set.The Swiss turned on the style to take the first two games of the second set, only to be broken straight back as Nadal curled a trademark forehand up the line.The key moments came towards the end of the second set, when second seed Nadal managed to hold under severe pressure to level at 4-4, before putting the pedal down to break despite having trailed 40-0.The defending champion confidently served out the set to love to move one step closer to the final. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In big trouble: Warriors down 3-1 in NBA Finals Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, toocenter_img LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue View comments Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess The second semi-final was suspended until Saturday due to rain, with Thiem leading 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 as he looks to reach a second straight Roland Garros final.The decision to end play drew extra ire towards the tournament organisers, after they had been labelled a “disgrace” for moving the women’s semi-finals away from the showpiece Chatrier court.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsIt will be Nadal’s 12th appearance in the championship match, which he has never lost before.“In front (of me was) probably my biggest rival in my career with all the story that we shared together,” said Nadal. “So that always makes the match a little bit more special and unique.” Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Spain’s Rafael Nadal (R) hugs Switzerland’s Roger Federer (L) after winning their men’s singles semi-final match on day 13 of The Roland Garros 2019 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on June 7, 2019. (Photo by Philippe LOPEZ / AFP)Defending champion Rafael Nadal powered past Roger Federer in the French Open semi-finals on Friday, to move within one victory of a record-extending 12th Roland Garros title after handing his “biggest rival” his worst Grand Slam defeat in 11 years.The 33-year-old produced a masterful performance to get past Federer 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in the last four on Court Philippe Chatrier and set up a final clash with either world number one Novak Djokovic or Austrian fourth seed Dominic Thiem on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

first_imgNormal anatomyThe anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is a ligament in the center of the knee that prevents the shin bone (tibia) from moving forward on the thigh bone (femur).IndicationsIf the ACL is torn, the knee joint may become unstable and affect the ability to perform work or athletic activities.Procedure, part 1ACL reconstruction is surgery to replace the torn ACL ligament. There are several choices of tissue to use for the new ligament, including an autograft (tissue from the patient?s own body) or an allograft (tissue from a cadaver). One of the most common autografts use part of the patellar tendon (the tendon in the front of the knee).Procedure, part 2The old ligament is removed using a shaver or other instruments. Bone tunnels are made to place the new ligament (patellar graft) in the knee at the site of the old ACL. Screws are commonly used to secure the graft in the bone tunnels, although other methods of fixation are used depending on the type of graft used.AftercareAt the end of the surgery, the incisions are closed, and a dressing is applied. ACL reconstruction is usually a very successful surgery. The majority of patients will have a stable knee that does not give way after ACL reconstruction.Review Date:8/14/2011Reviewed By:Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine; C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.advertisementlast_img read more